How we decorate our homes is changing. Maybe you haven't updated your home in a while? You'll enjoy these wall decor ideas from model homes visited over the last few years. They illustrate the use of new materials and some out-of-the-box thinking. Decorating trends are moving towards richer wall finishes that are lovely to look at without requiring extensive furnishings and artwork. This makes sense when coupled with glass walls which emphasize integrate indoor/outdoor living space.
Look at the entryway above. It's all about textures. The wall decor starts with small, granite blocks lined up horizontally on the entire wall. The granite is natural and green because it's made from recycled granite but I'll let you read the article to learn how. The color is perfect and timeless, enabling the homeowners to change the accent colors to almost anything. Playing off the texture theme, the woven mirror frame, metallic lamp and driftwood are perfect accents against the granite wall.
Wall Decor Ideas Using Paint
Decorating a room starts with a color scheme. You have furniture and window treatments and you pick a paint color for the walls that ties everything together. In the past you would paint all four walls the same color and sometimes, you might pick a complimentary color for one wall. Now the colors you put on your wall are part of the overall room design, with multiple colors used for stripes and geometric patterns.
Here's my favorite wall design done using Frog Tape. You can find a lot more designs and tutorials on their website, from bloggers like myself. Don't be afraid to try something new as this tape makes it easy. They've even got a special tape for walls that aren't smooth (the green, multi-surface tape below)
Wallpaper is Making a Comeback
It's funny that most people today will associate wallpaper with their smart phones, where you get to pick your background image that greets you when you turn your phone on. But people have been decorating the walls of their home for thousands of years, starting with cave drawings and the tapestries that hung on castle walls.
Recently I've found wallpaper in model homes in several states – New York, Florida, Arizona and Nevada. You won't find wallpaper in every room or on every wall. Most often it's used for an accent wall or in small rooms like bathrooms and laundry rooms which are harder to decorate. Some of my favorites are the new geometric wallpapers and photo murals like the black and white snowy forest below.
Wall Decor Ideas with Carpentry Details
We're used to the wood trim that wraps windows and doors, covering the gaps between the drywall and the rough openings that surround them. Crown molding is popular at the top of walls where it can hide any imperfections where the ceiling and wall materials meet. Chair rails might have started out protecting walls but over the years, the height of the chair rail no longer satisfies the classical rules of design and proportion according to OldHouseOnline.com's article, The Right Way to Use Trim in Old Houses.
So the new wall decor ideas that use all sorts of wood trim to add interest to walls is fascinating. Wood trim can frame an entire wall or you can create multiple picture frames on the wall. Shelving can make a decorative statement (see below) while adding much needed storage.
Wood trim is also being used to add depth to walls. Here the white-on-white boards behind the bed make this accent wall the focal point for the master bedroom.
Wall Decor Using Natural Materials
Brick walls and fireplaces are common in older houses. Today however, lots of other building materials are taking over. Where tile has been used in bathrooms for years, all sorts of stone is climbing the walls of new homes. Here are just a few examples of stone, tile and wood transforming the walls of different rooms in the house.
Tile moving out of the bathroom and into the bedroom.
Stone wrapping walls in hallways, living areas and this home office.
Wood accent walls – pavers and longer boards popular too.
For devoted do-it-yourself homeowners, don't get discouraged as you have many choices of faux wallpaper mimicking these amazing materials.
Art3d Peel and Stick 3D Wallpaper PanelsNorwall Textures Faux Grasscloth WallpaperHanmero Murals Plant Cloth with Soft NapHaokHome Faux Brick Stone Textured WallpaperNuWallpaper Beachwood Peel & Stick WallpaperWall26 Wood Pattern Mural Wallpaper
Wall Decor Ideas You Haven't Seen Before
As walls (ceilings too) garner more attention, we're starting to see more creative materials and design. Below you'll see how a traditional padded headboard has expanded to cover the entire wall behind the bed. A glass wall instead of having traditional window coverings, uses an artistic metal screen to partially block Florida sunshine while keeping the views beyond accessible.
This wall above/below the fireplace defies description. What would you call it?